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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
From the former belief that a lack of vigor or courage was from a deficiency of bile which showed in a light-colored liver. Earliest documented use: 1546. Also known as lily-livered.
“Fillmore jumped on a fence post, straddled a rail, and shouted at the Confederates, ‘Surrender, you white-livered sons of guns!’”
Eric Wittenberg, et al; One Continuous Fight; Savas Beatie; 2008.
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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Every student needs someone who says, simply, "You mean something. You count." -Tony Kushner, playwright (b. 16 Jul 1956)